Jumat, 27 Mei 2016

GOVERNMENT PRIORITIZES REGIONS FOR RAILWAY PROJECTS

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, May 27 (Antara) - The Indonesian government is focusing on developing railway projects outside Java in an effort to improve transportation and establish connectivity among regions across the country.
         Regions outside Java are being accorded priority in railway development as part of the government's endeavor to ensure equitable development and boost national economy through increased connectivity among the regions.
         "The railway projects being taken up on priority are not in Java. In fact, priority is being accorded to eastern regions. Therefore, we want to first complete the work on the Trans Sumatra and Trans Sulawesi projects as soon as possible," Director General of Railways Prasetyo Boeditjahjono stated at a function in Jakarta on Thursday.
         In order to implement the Trans Sumatra and Trans Sulawesi railway projects, the government is expected to cooperate with China. This month, the Directorate General of Railways will submit documents containing details of the Trans Sumatra and Trans Sulawesi projects to China.

Kamis, 26 Mei 2016

NEW GAS REGULATION EXPECTED TO BOOST GROWTH

By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, May 26 (Antara) - The government has issued a new ruling in the form of Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 40/2016 on gas price adjustment to boost economic growth and increase the consumption of gas at home.
         The new ruling is also expected to add to the national industry's competitive edge through effective and efficient gas supplies.
         The Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKK Migas) welcomed the signing of Presidential Regulation No.40/2016 on Natural Gas Price.
         SKK Migas Deputy Chairman Zikrullah said on Thursday (May 19) that the new regulation, facilitating price adjustments, is expected to increase downstream gas consumption.
         "I have heard that the Presidential Regulation (Perpres) on gas pricing has been issued. This means that downstream gas consumption will increase as there will be a price adjustment," Zikrullah said.

INDONESIA LAUNCHES PROMOTIONS TO LURE THAI TOURISTS

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, May 26 (Antara) - Indonesia is conducting tourism promotional activities both at home and in Thailand in a bid to attract some 200 thousand tourists from its neighboring country this year.
         The activities carried out by Indonesia to attract Thai tourists include promoting its premier golfing destinations, organizing promotional activities in various strategic tourist destinations in Thailand, and holding a "Thailand Corner" event at home to popularize Thai culinary arts and culture in Indonesia.
         Deputy for International Tourism Marketing Development of the Tourism Ministry I Gde Pitana stated in Jakarta on Wednesday that his ministry was conducting various promotional activities in Thailand to achieve its target to attract 200 thousand Thai tourists.
         Some of the promotional activities will be held at the Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok on May 27-29, 2016, Pitana remarked.
         Moreover, the Ministry of Tourism had also promoted Indonesia's premier golfing destinations at the Thailand Golf Expo held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, on May 12-15.
         "Indonesia is a paradise for golfers as they can play all year round since the game is not affected by seasonal changes," Tourism Minister Arief Yahya noted in a press statement recently on May 13.

Rabu, 25 Mei 2016

BULOG UPBEAT ABOUT FOOD STOCKS FOR FASTING MONTH

by Andi Abdussalam
           Jakarta, May 25 (Antara) - State-owned Logistics Board (Bulog) is optimistic that food commodities, such as rice, shallots, beef and other basic necessities, will continue to be available in the market during the month of Ramadan which begins June 6.
         In order to keep prices at home stable, the government is likely to import certain commodities. Prices often tend to increase during the fasting month of Ramadan.
        "We have assigned a state-owned company to import these commodities in order to keep the prices down, particularly in view of the fasting month and subsequent Eid el-Fitr or Lebaran festivities," Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said after chairing a coordination meeting on food prices in Jakarta on Tuesday.
         Bulog, however, was upbeat about its ability to meet the need for foodstuffs during Ramadan and the post-fasting Eid ul-Fitr festivities.
         Bulog Procurement Director Wahyu told a coordination meeting at the office of the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs that  the rice procured by the board till Monday (May 23) had reached 1.3 million tons.

Selasa, 24 Mei 2016

INDONESIA LAUNCHES INVESTMENT PROMOTIONS IN UNITED STATES

by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, May 24 (Antara) - In efforts to attract more investment abroad, the Indonesian Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is launching a week-long promotional campaign in the United States and Canada from May 23 (May 24 in Indonesia) to 28.
         During the investment promotional activities, the BKPM will comprehensively explain efforts made by the Indonesian government in improving the business climate and planned projects, such as deregulatory measures, reforms and various infrastructure projects, such as power plants, seaports, airports, railway tracks, toll roads, an irrigation system, dams and sea toll lanes.
         During a meeting with the World Bank on Monday in Washington, BKPM Chief, Franky Sibarani explained the progress of Indonesian economic development and infrastructure as the main driver of economic growth in Indonesia.
         "We have presented all the deregulatory measures made with regards to 10 main indicators (of ease of doing business/EODB)," he stated.
         The Indonesian government, he said, has decided to carry out equitable development across the country. As part of this, infrastructure development is the biggest ever program in the history of the country.

GOVERNMENT URGED TO ABOLISH REGULATION ON LOWER FLIGHT TARIFF LIMIT

by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, May 24 (Antara) - The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has urged the Transportation Ministry to lift its regulation on the lower flight tariff limit as it was unable to reduce violations of operational standards in the aviation industry.
        "We call on the Transportation Ministry to abolish the regulation on the lower limit of flight ticket prices as its implementation, so far, did not reduce the violations of aviation operational standards," KPPU Chairman Syarkawi Rauf stated in Jakarta on Monday.
        Syarkawi said the facts hinted that so far, the implementation of the lower tariff limit on each flight route, which is some 30 percent of the upper tariff limit, had not reduced the incidents of violations of aviation operational standards by flight operators.
        Furthermore, the implementation of the lower tariff limit had reduced the number of passengers on several flight routes, particularly those to tourism destinations. Hence, it had affected the economic growth in the concerned regions.

Senin, 23 Mei 2016

"JARING" PROGRAM TO IMPROVE FISHERMEN'S WELFARE

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, May 23 (Antara) - Partner banks of the Coverage, Synergy and Guideline (Jaring) program are expected to expand credits up to Rp9.2 trillion this year for developing the maritime and fisheries sector and improving the fishermen's welfare.
         "Credit disbursement for the Jaring program this year will hopefully amount to Rp9.2 trillion, up by 24.2 percent from Rp6.69 trillion in 2015," Financial Services Authority (OJK) Commissioner Muliaman D. Hadad noted in a press statement issued in Jakarta on Thursday (May 19). 
    Initiated by the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP) and OJK, the Jaring scheme is aimed at improving the welfare of fishermen and advancing small- and medium-scale enterprises doing business in the maritime and fisheries sector.

         The KKP is keen to develop synergy between the fishermen and exporters of fishery products in a bid to increase the country's export performance in the fishery sector.